Posted on December 17, 2014
I have always enjoyed making meals for myself. When I got my first apartment Sophomore year of college, this consisted of tossing pasta with whatever ingredients were in my fridge. I can confidently say that I have come a long way from those days. Now I make homemade chicken pot pie, complicated side dishes, and mac and cheese from scratch. I would never think of going into the frozen foods section or buying something in a box. Crazy, right? My next adventure in the kitchen will consist of simple snacks. I plan on trying these super easy homemade Cheez-Its. If you attempt them first, please let me know how it goes in the comments!
Posted on August 27, 2014
Taking the time to make healthy snacks can seem like a huge hassle at the end of a long day. Processed foods can be an easy alternative, but is it worth it? Probably not. In ten short minutes or less, you can throw together a few ingredients that will be better tasting, less calories, and valuable to your nutrition. Martha Stewart has you covered. Sometimes, we just need a little inspiration.
1. Apples with cream cheese and raisins, and granola:
Sweeten any store bought cream cheese with a little honey. Halve an apple and scoop out the core, fill with cream cheese mixture, a little goes a long way. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and a little all-natural granola.
2. Updated ants on a log:
Halve a mini cucumber and scoop out seeds. Fill with hummus, top with chopped red bell pepper.
3. Mini pita pizza:
Separate a mini pocket pizza into two sections. Put in toaster, or toast in the over until golden brown. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and top with halved cherry tomatoes.Toast again until cheese melts.
4. Tropical Fruit Treat:
Cut pineapple and mangoes into long sticks. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir lime zest & agave syrup into low-fat Greek yogurt. Boom!
Posted on August 16, 2014
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 limes, cut into wedges, plus more for garnish
2 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving
1 cup Lime-Mint Syrup, recipe follows
1 liter white rum
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 limes, zested
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
Muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges with 2 cups crushed ice in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add Lime-Mint Syrup, rum, lime juice, and more ice. Top off with club soda, to taste. Pour into glasses over ice and serve. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and mint sprigs, if desired.
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime zest and mint, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to infuse the syrup with the flavor of lime and mint. Strain out the mint and zest and refrigerate the syrup, covered, until cold.